Saturday, 14 January 2017

All Saints West Ilsley

All Saints West Ilsley is sits at the bottom of the Ridgeway on the Berkshire Downs the name of the village comes from Hilde-Laege which means "Place of conflict" (the battle of Ashdown took place in the area). The church does seem to date back to at least the 1600 but no detail of anything older remains and other than that I cannot find much history on the church. I went past it a year or so ago when I went to visit a church at Catmore and over Christmas went along for a visit.

The first view you get of the church is from the Lychgate where you walk through to pass the war memorial

The South side is quite plain with fir trees shading the churchyard beside it

The east end of the church with the chancel window

Above the West end with the bell and looking around to the North side and the entrance porch

Above a view to the porch on the North side and left the South side

The Churchyard on the North side looking over to the family Vault of the Moorland Family

The leaf covered churchyard on the South side

It has many older graves in and the odd tomb. The churchyard extends further South along a narrow strip

The craftsmanship on this anchor and chain I thought was a tribute to the guy's work

Above simple wrought iron grave markers, not seen any like this before. On the left if you carry on up up the churchyard you come to the new extension with the more recent burials in

Looking back along the strip of the South Churchyard

On the way back I noticed this wonderful old cast iron one

Along with three very similar crosses nearby

On the left a wrought iron grave marker and right the grave of Aircraftman L Revell R.A.F who was only 20 when he died in 1944

Fenced off vault

Above another nice cast iron memorial while on the left is the Morland Vault. The Morland's owned the Brewery in Abingdon

View of the church from a memorial in the churchyard

The rose covered porch and the entrance door inside

When I first got to the church it was locked and I nearly left disappointed but phoned the Church Warden on the off chance he could let me in and I'm glad to say he live nearby and opened the door for me and switched on the lights.  View along the nave to the chancel

With very nice rood screen and rood cross ontop

The chancel

Chancel window

The altar which has a curtained screen around it flanked by a couple of decorated posts with angles on top

The Advent candles were sat in the chancel from Christmas and a beautiful floral display off to one side by the vestry door

Above one of the angels on top of the decorated posts. One the left  a commemoration plaque to the laying of a Dedication stone by  Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein

Looking towards the nave

Above the organ neatly tucked away to one side of the chancel. On the left a memorial to Marianne Morland

Window dedication for the stained glass window above to the Morland family

Memorial to William & Marianne Morland

Above memorial to John Head and his wife Frances Elizabeth while to the right is a memorial to Margaret Gale

Memorial to John Lewendon and his wife Sarah

Memorial to Edwin Huzzey a former Churchwarden

I tend to look out for dates carved in the roof joists and found one dated 1652. The one on the right dated 1990 came about due to a tree which was owned by the Queen falling on the church necessitating repairs. At the time she owned the manor and horse racing stables nearby

Above the Morland Window which was placed there by Mr & Mrs William Henry Morland in memory of their family who have lived in the village for 200 years

Another stained glass window and one with just plain glass in

The Morland window again where I tried to show the reflected light

Above a view of the nave form the pulpit here on the right

The font and its floral display in front of it

Above the church Christmas which is in the North aisle and I forgot to get a photo of, while over on the left is one of the nicest wood carvings of  a nativity scene I have come across

Holly around a red candle on one of the windowsills

That is it from all Saints West Ilsley hope you enjoyed the little tour around, I may well drop in again to get a few photos I missed and add them to the blog but 
I will leave you with this view of the chancel from beside the advent candles. 

Do have a peaceful weekend


  1. The style look familiar but the ones in Australia would be in sandstone or brick.

  2. As always, an excellent and extensive report. The cancel window (and the ohers stained glass windows)is nice.
    Ahh . We always leave images to take ... :))

  3. Bill, once again I love the gateway to this gem. The stone with the anchor and chain is wonderful. Such a great post, thanls.

  4. Hello, Bill!
    Fantastic relationship, interesting and beautiful pictures.